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your own home, you will be asked to make a deposit of
$2.50, which w^ill be returned to you after one year with
interest at 6%. If, how^ever, you are a property owner, or
have previously been prompt in paying water bills for a
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512 16th St. 1.' 106 Bancroft Way 1412 Park St. 717 Macdonald Ave.

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The Polytechnic College of Engineering

13th and Madison Sts., Oakland, Cal.

Well equipped with Extensive Machine Shops, Electrical Laboratory, Physical
and Chemical Laboratories, Field Instruments, Assay Laboratory, Etc.

Thorough, Complete aiirl Piactical Courses in

Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

Mining Engineering, Architecture

Civil Engineering

Also Special Courses in

Machine Shop Practice and Auto Mechanics

Our plan of eliminating- the non essential branches and emphasizing,' all the
essential branches required in actual engineering- practice enables our students
to secure a high standard technical training in about

One-half the Time Required in a Four- Year College Course

This College covers the full university field in Mathematics, Laboratorv
■n'ork, Graphic Statics, Hydraulics, Strength of Materials, Thermo Dynamics,
Direct and Alternating Current Machinery. Mechanical and Architectural Draft-
ing-, Topographical Drafting. Surveying, Railroad Construction, Machine Design,
Machine Shop, etc., giving: a

Thorough and Intensified Technical Course

Preparing- young men to go into inuuediate employment as engineei's and
mechanics. These courses appeal to the young man who wants a high standard
course and who wants to specialize.

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Thirteenth and Madison St.s, Oakland

A Private School for Private Secretaries

Offers the most complete and practical training in all secretarial, business and
efficiency courses ever given in the west. The Polytechnic Business College
appeals especially to those who w^ant the best and who appreciate superior
facilities, including expert teaching povk^er, pleasant surroundings, a spirit of
work and enthusiasm, courteous treatment, dignified discipline and results
which make for success.


Your opportunity is here now as never before. No argument is necessary

to convince you. It only remains for you to quality Salaries for Beginners

$50.00 to $100 per month. Get started now. This college is in session the
year round.


Thousands of Stenographers, Private Secretaries, Clerks Bookkeepers —

and Office Assistants are needed in every department of Business and Govern-
ment service.

mi^ ^^ilX::^ note: — Business men who are in need of stenographers and private

Iv ^y secretaries are requested to inform us a few days in advance in order

'i^Cr O^ that we may make recommendations adapted to the requirements.

Address Polytechnic Business College

13th and Madison Sts., Oakland, Gal.

Tho utily Husiness Collese in California that owns and occupies it.s own

building-s, representing' an investment of $1.50,000.

Maintains a College Faculty whose standing and teaching experience are

a guarantee to genuine service.

W. E. GIBSON, President

H. C. INGRAM, Vice-President







Containing an Alphabetical List of Business Firms and Pri-
vate Citizens of OaJcland, Berkeley. Alameda, Piedmont
and Emeryville, a Directory of the City and County
Officers, Churches, Public and Private Schools,
Benevolent, Literzu^y and other Associa-
tions, Incorporated Institutions, Etc.



Compiled and Published by Polk-Husted Directory Co.

(Member Association of Xoith American Iiirectory Publishers)

470 13thSt., Oakland, Gal.







PRICE "■JTiTTillg $12.50

Copyright, 1923, by Polk-Husted Directory Co.. of Oakland. Cal.


The publishers present the 1923 edition of the Oakland, Berke-
ley and Alameda Directory to its patrons and users with confidence
as to the complete and correct information contained therein.

The general arrangement is the same as in the past ; the letter
"A" following a name signifies Alameda; ''B," Berkeley and "Pied,"
Piedmont. The Classified Section is arranged in the same manner.

The "BUYERS GUIDE" occupies pages 7 to 124. This sec-
tion includes advertisements of the leading manufacturers, business
and professional men of the East Bay District, arranged by de-
partments and indexed under classified headings. A careful perusal
of this section of the directory will be found interesting.

The Miscellaneous Section, giving information as to Churches,
Fraternal and Secret Societies, Lodges. Civic and Miscellaneous
Organizations. Parks. Etc., will be found on pages 139 to 150.

The Street and Avenue Guide commences at page 151. The
Classified Section in the back of the book is complete and lists
every business and profession under correct headings.

Names coming in too late to appear in the regular Alphabetical
Section will be found on page 137.

From information gathered in our canvass we estimate the
POPULATION of the East Bay community to be 400,000.

Directory Library

A library of City and County Directories is maintained by the
publishers at 470 13th Street for the free use of their patrons. As
the latest Directories are issued they will be added to the Library,
thereby keeping it up to date from year to year. We extend a cordial
invitation to each and every one of our subscribers to make fre-
cpient use of this Library and to consult the directories on file here
as often as wished.

Advertising Oakland

The Oakland, Berkeley and Alameda Directory is placed in the
Directory Libraries throughout the United States and in many of
the larger hotels in New York. Chicago and other large cities,
where it serves the public as a valuable book of reference and the
city it represents as a splendid standing advertisement, for no other
publication can convey such an idea of the city, its business inter-
ests and all the various institutions and organizations.

We are indebted to the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, Mr.
Orton E. Lucas, Publicity Director, and to the Berkeley Chamber
of Commerce, Mr. Charles Keelor, Managing Director, and the
Alameda Times-Star, for the following interesting data :



Oakland, situated oh the continental side of San Francisco Bay, is the
third largest city in California, the fifth largest on the Pacific Coast, and the
fastest growing industrial city in the West.

Though it has grown with tremendous rapidity, hoth from the stand-
point of population and the standpoint of industry, Oakland is a city of
homes. Stretching away from the bay there is ample room for a city of
several million population before reaching the sloping hills which have
become the exclusive residential section of each of the several cities along
the eastern shore of the bay.

It is only in comparatively recent years that industries, recognizing
the advantages offered by Oakland, began to claim the excellent factory
sites along the bay shore. Today there are more than 500 plants, making
a total of more than 2,000 different products in this great east bay city.


Oakland has 27 miles of deep water frontage on the greatest land-locked
harbor in the world. Improved freight docking facilities have been installed
by municipal and private interests, and repair facilities, superior to any on
the Pacific Coast, are available here for the fleets of the world. Oakland
lays claim to the largest floating dry docks in the world and the largest
marine railroad. It has numerous other dry docks and marine railroads of
lesser size.

A majority of the leading steamship lines, carrying either coastwise or
trans-Paciflc freight, have made Oakland a regular port of call, and the
volume handled on Oakland docks is growing with great rapidity.

United States Government engineers recently recommended the expen-
diture of more than a million and one-half dollars on the Oakland harbor.


The recently issued government census shows that Oakland gained 175.3
per cent in the number of persons engaged in manufacturing in the five
years immediately preceding the compilation of these figures. In the same
period of time, Los Angeles gained 87.9 per cent and San Francisco 45.7
per cent.

In the matter of capital invested, Oakland gained 226.9 per cent, San
Francisco gained 124.1 per cent, and Los Angeles 56.5 per cent.

Salaries and wages increased 378.6 per cent in Oakland, against 176.5
per cent in Los Angeles and 122.2 per cent in San Francisco; and the value
of products manufactured gained 326.5 per cent in Oakland, 170 per cent in
Los Angeles, and 157.1 per cent in San Francisco in this five-year period.

W. C. Durant, when head of the General Motors, said that the efficiency
of labor in his Oakland plant was greater than in any other plant of the
extensive General Motors chain of factories throughout the United States.
The fact that the new Durant factory was located in Oakland in the face
of the greatest kind of competition from Seattle, Portland and Los Angeles,
confirms the impression that the Durants were eminently well satisfied that
Oakland offers the best manufacturing conditions on the Pacific Coast. The
manager of one of the largest fruit packing plants in the United States
recently said that, in his judgment, an Oakland fruit packing plant's advan-
tages in efficiency of labor over a similar plant in the Sacramento or San
Joaquin valleys amounted to 20 per cent.


Oakland's climate is extremely equable. The average temperature
for the twelve months is 56 degrees. The days are never too hot for com-
fort and the nights are always cool. Seldom, even in the so-called winter
months, does the mercury drop to 32 degrees F. It is due to this ideal work-
ing climate that Oakland shipyards — and incidently Oakland is one of the
largest shipbuilding centers in the world — were the ones to set one build-
ing record after another during the World War.



In point of health Oakland has consistently ranked among the first
cities of the nation for a long period of years, and statistics show that it
has become an increasingly more healthful place for residents during the
last fifteen years.

In 1920 Oakland ranked second in smallness of death rate out of a list
of fortj'-three larger cities compiled by the United States Government. The
rate which was then 11.6 per thousand was exceeded only by Seattle, where
the death rate was 10.5.

It is noteworthy that Oakland, as indicated by the death rate, exceeds
in health conditions both Los Angeles and San Francisco; in one case 3.4
per thousand and in the other by 3 per thousand.


The population of Oakland, January 1st, 1923, was estimated at 265,000,
a gain of approximately 50,000 in three years' time. On the same date the
population of the seven cities that form the Eastbay community was esti-
mated at 400,000.

The population of Oakland in 1910 was 150,174, in 1920, 216,261, a gain
of approximately 44 per cent in a ten-year period. At the present rate of
growth it will register a materially larger percentage of increase during
the ten years between 1920 and 1930.

The cities of Berkeley and Alameda and the municipalities of Emery-
ville, Piedmont, San Leandro and Albany have now grown together into
one compact whole. It is these seven cities which are referred to as East-
bay community.


Few cities in the United States can boast of a more perfect school sys-
tem than Oakland, or more attractive school buildings. Noted educators
from every section of the world have praised Oakland's educational facilities.
The present school enrollment is in excess of 45,000. In Berkeley, which
adjoins Oakland on the north, is the great University of California, the
largest in the United States in point of enrollment and incidently one of
the richest in the matter of endowment.

Oakland has 44 primary and grammar schools, 11 junior high schools,
and five high schools.


Oakland's new park and playground development — a noteworthy feature
of which was the acquisition this year of extensive municipal golf links —
undoubtedly will be conducive to a still higher level of health and well-
being among residents of this favored city. Among the Oakland parks
which have attracted the attention of tourists from all parts of the world is
beautiful Lake Merritt and Lakeside Park. Lake Merritt, situated in the
center of the city, comprises 160 acres, and is surrounded by wonderful
lawns and beyond these by beautiful modern homes and apartments. On
one side of the lake is situated Oakland's new million-dollar auditorium.

The waters of Lake Merritt are dotted the year round with canoes and
launches and during the so-called winter months many thousand of wild
ducks make Lake Merritt their home. Spring finds these traditionally wild
birds almost as tame as barnyard fowls. They walk on the lawns and among
*he sightseers, apparently recognizing that their safety is assured.

The annual visit of these ducks which have adopted this spot in sunny
California as their home has been made the occasion for pageants on the
part of the people, and each January the now nationally known Wild Duck
Pageant is held on the lake shore.

Possessed as it is of all those things considered essential for a great
metropolis, with three transcontinental railways, its position on one of the
world's greatest land-locked harbors and with ample room in which to
make a tremendous expansion, Oakland's future is assured.



Reaching along the base of the gracefully rolling Berkeley hills, the
city looks westward over the glorious pageant of San Francisco Bay to
the Golden Gate, the mystic portal through which the commerce of America
and all the lands of the Pacific Ocean are interchanged. To the south of
the Golden Gate it looks upon San Francisco built on its many hills. To
the north it faces the Marin County hills rising into the gracefully chiseled
profile of Mount Tamalpais. Close at hand lies a long stretch of plain
sweeping from the bay shore and crowded with dwellings and the build-
ings of trade and industry. The whole panorama as revealed from the
heights of Berkeley is one of beauty and splendor.

Southward extends the fair city of Oakland, its ships lying beside the
docks, its factories crowding the waterfront and the graceful towers of
its tall office buildings marking the business center, with Lake Merritt
glistening like a jewel in its setting of park.

During the past thirty years Berkeley has emerged out of the obscurity
of a little college town of four or five thousand people to the present city
of some 68,000 inhabitants. In those pastoral days the country roads were
dusty in summer and deep pools of mud made walking difficult in winter.
Two board planks served as sidewalk and broad fields of grain and orchards
of cherries and other fruit invited the wayfarer to loiter. The townsfolk
carried their lanterns when they walked abroad at night. A few of the
wealthy residents had horses and buggies, and a horse car went out from
Oakland to Temescal, where a wheezy little steam dummy connected with
the University grounds.

Today the metropolitan area of San Francisco and the Eastbay cities
includes in a compact district on the shores of the bay a population of
over a million and fifty thousand inhabitants, distributed between the cities
of San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Richmond and the smaller

From the standpoint of climate, site, living conditions and educational
opportunities, Berkeley is today a magnet attracting those who appreciate
the better things of life. It is estimated that the city is growing at the
rate of about 6,000 new inhabitants per year, which means that if the
present rate continues, the city will double its population in the next
twelve years.

The University of California is located in the very heart of Berkeley
on six hundred acres of hill slope and plain, where over 10,000 students
study under the guidance of a faculty of over 1,200 professors and in-
structors. To say it is the largest university in America gives little im-
pression of the breadth and scope of its activities. It includes one of the
foremost colleges of mines in the country and a college of agriculture that
is reaching out over the entire state in creating untold values to the land
by its investigations of means for destroying pests of fruit and farm prod-
ucts, by teaching how to irrigate aitd to prune, by soil analysis and by
removing the element of chance from the husbandry and developing it
into a science. Its college of architecture is training young men and
women how to become creators of buildings nobly conceived in the light
of the artistic traditions of the past and the engineering skill of the present.
Its college of medicine is endowing the men and women who are to be
the guardians of life and health of the people of tomorrow with new stand-
ards of proficiency. So in law, economics, commerce, the natural sciences,
pedagogy, the classics, history, art and letters, the University of California
is training the leaders of thought and action to take their places in the
great democracy which is destined to shape the course of world history.

In addition to the thousands of native sons and daughters of the Golden
West, the University of California is educating students from many states


and from many other nations. The Cosmopolitan club of the University
Y. M. C. A. has in its membership several hundred students from other
lands, chiefly of countries bordering the Pacific, and including representa-
tive leaders from China, Japan, the Philippines, Siam, India, Siberia, Mexico,
Central and South America. These young men and women are absorbing
the training, customs and standards of American life and carrying them
home to help in the great task of creating an interpenetrating world brother-
hood in the nations of the earth. ~

The athletes of the University of California year after year carry off
the honors in contests with all American universities, thus proving that
California, with its equable coast climate, its out-of-door life and its abund-
ance of fruit and vegetable food, together with exceptional sanitation and
public health work, is producing a superior physical type of man.

Residents of Berkeley have a singularly favorable chance of rearing
all their children to maturity. The infant mortality rate is the lowest for
any city in the class of cities between fifty and one hundred thousand
population in the United States. The rate for 1922 is 37 deaths out of every
thousand born. The death rate for all ages is 8.8 per thousand, which is
the lowest rate for any city of its size on the Pacific Coast.

The thorough supervision of the milk supply by the Health Depart-
ment, the unceasing care of the water supply by the Eastbay Water Com-
pany, and the work of the Welfare Organization with its trained staff of
visiting nurses, are important factors in this health record. By far the
largest number of deaths in Berkeley occur in the age period between 60
and 80 years, from heart disease, cancer and apoplexy.

Another field in which Berkeley is doing pioneer work is in the Police
Department. The basis of Chief August VoUmer's work is in the education
of children who show symptoms of potential criminal habits. These children
are all recorded on a pin map and the police have them under their super-
vision, aiming to train them into good habits. Many of the Berkeley police
are college students and college graduates who are receiving a scientific
training in modern police work.

Among the features of Berkeley's police system are the equipping of
all police officers with Ford cars, a signal system covering the entire city
under which police can be mobilized at any point in a few minutes after
an alarm is given, and the mechanical lie detector which registers blood
pressure and respiration and is believed to indicate any untruth told by a
person when questioned. The great emphasis of the Berkeley police de-
partment is upon the correction of wrong habits, especially in children,
and upon a scientific study of problem cases in order to ascertain the
cause of delinquency and the cure.

The fact that in the past ten years only two murders have been com-
mitted in Berkeley is an index of results. One was committed by an in-
sane man who killed his son, the other by a San Francisco Chinese long
gunman who came to Berkeley and shot a peaceful Chinese merchant of
a rival tong.

All charity, welfare and social agencies in Berkeley have recently been
organized under a Community Chest and the campaign to finance them
was successfully carried through.

Berkeley has just adopted a city manager form of government and
the new council with Frank Stringham as mayor has chosen John N. Edy,
a man of eminent qualifications for the post as city manager. Berkeley
is believed to be on the eve of a great forward stride when the new ad-
ministration takes office on July first.

Under the able leadership of Superintendent Harry Wilson, Berkeley
has an exceptionally efficient and successful school department. It has
the only complete Junior High School system in the United States. Children
are taught under the new system of group projects, which is as inspiring
and fascinating to the children as it is effective in training. Under this


system the children are being encouraged in initiative and trained to make
their own text books and create scenes and plays expressive of what they
are learning.

On the waterfront Berkeley has nearly a hundred industrial plants
where diversified types of manufacture are in progress. Chemical, metal
and food industries are in the lead. Owing to superior climatic and living
conditions, many manufacturers are today seeking locations in this favored
city, where the workers live in comfortable individual homes and w-here
out-of-door life is agreeable all the year round.

The hills are attracting many of the leaders of business in the bay cities
who commute from their charming homes set in gardens of perenniel bloom.
A ferry and electric train service unexcelled in the country carries them
back and forth. Many retired army and navy officers, after seeing the world
have chosen Berkeley for a permanent home.

The Chamber of Commerce is co-operating with the city government in
working on a city plan. When completed and carried out, Berkeley should
become one of the most beautiful of American cities. It is calling to men
and women of distinction in science and art to come to the college city,
destined to become more and more the center of learning and culture of the
Pacific, to help to plan and to build here a city worthy of this peerless site.

The Indo European stock from which the builders of western civilization
have grown, took its origin in the shadow of the Himalayas. The Indian
Ocean was its first theater of action. Thence it traveled westward through
the Red Sea into the Mediterranean and builded there the civilizations of
Greece and Rome. Through the Pillars of Hercules it swept, on into the
Atlantic, and Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Britain grew into
maturity and strength. Then still westward it moved into the New World,
conquering the American wilderness and building the first great democ-
racy that spelled the doom of kings. On it pressed, westward, ever west-
ward, over prairie and plateau, over desert and mountain, until Fremont
stood upon the Contra Costa Hills and named the Golden Gate.

Today Berkeley, christened by the founders of the University of Cali-
fornia after the idealistic Bishop of Cloyne, stands upon the western-most
rim of Western civilization, looking through the Golden Gate, out over the
vast waste of the Pacific. Beyond the sea is the ancient East, that land of
hoar antiquity teeming with its millions. California is the fartherest west
where the New World must pile upon the last margin of the Indo European

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